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4:25 AM ET, June 18, 2014


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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Apprehension of Ahmed Abu Khattala May Begin to Answer Questions on Assault  —  CAIRO — Ahmed Abu Khattala was always open about his animosity toward the United States, and even about his conviction that the Muslims and Christians were locked in an intractable religious war.
Washington Post:
U.S. captures Benghazi suspect in secret raid  —  An armed man waves his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late on Sept. 11, 2012.  The alleged ringleader in the attack has been captured by involving Special Operations forces.
Dan Merica / CNN:
What we heard at CNN's town hall with Hillary Clinton  —  Editor's note:  —  Washington (CNN) — Hillary Clinton did at CNN's town hall meeting on Tuesday what most politicians do: She staked out a position on some issues, catered to her base in others and avoided some questions altogether.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Mashable
US seizes Benghazi raid ‘ringleader’ Ahmed Abu Khattala  —  Gunmen raided the consulate and set it on fire  —  The suspected ringleader of the September 2012 raid on a US diplomatic post in the Libyan city of Benghazi, which left four Americans dead, has been captured, the Pentagon says.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:   The Benghazi suspect: What's next
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Obama's double asterisks on IRS: Column  —  First, we found out agency was targeting Tea Party.  Now IRS emails are missing.  Cover-up?  —  I guess it's time to award President Obama a second asterisk.  When charges came out that the IRS targeted Tea Party groups for harassment …
Theodore Schleifer / New York Times:
Lawmakers Skeptical on Emails and I.R.S.  —  WASHINGTON — Six additional Internal Revenue Service workers lost emails sought by congressional investigators when their computers crashed, investigators announced Tuesday, escalating Republican suspicions that the employees may have been trying …
Wall Street Journal:
A Tale of Two Scandals  —  Forty-one years ago, during a small …
Discussion: Fox News and Power Line
Wall Street Journal:
The Collapsing Obama Doctrine  —  Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.  —  As the terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) threaten Baghdad, thousands of slaughtered Iraqis in their wake, it is worth recalling a few …
Lawrence Wright / News Desk:   ISIS's Savage Strategy in Iraq
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Dana Milbank's Heritage disaster  —  Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank set off a flurry of outraged tweets on Monday night after posting a highly critical recap of a panel event at the Heritage Foundation that, he says, “deteriorated into the ugly taunting of a woman in the room who wore an Islamic head covering.”
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
BLM Shooting Suspect Is Anti-Government Conspiracy Theorist With Pending Gun Charge  —  The man accused of shooting two law enforcement members in California, including a Bureau of Land Management ranger, has had at least one previous run-in with law enforcement and has described himself as the target of a massive government conspiracy.
Discussion: The Raw Story
John P. Walters / Politico:
Why Libertarians Are Wrong About Drugs  —  Others see a regulated, licensed dispensary model, perhaps with medical supervision.  But misuse of opiate pharmaceuticals already represents the second-largest illicit drug threat in America.  Would there be political corruption in the quest for those dispensary licenses?
Discussion: Firedoglake
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
The GOP's Latest, Embarrassing Retreat from the Obamacare Wars  —  In Republican primary politics it's taken as a given that candidates will scatter rightward toward the sweet spot between reason and disqualifying insanity.  Some will inevitably overshoot.  But Obamacare was supposed …
Discussion: The Dish and The Republic
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Glenn Beck: ‘Liberals, You Were Right,’ We Should Never Have Gone into Iraq  —  Glenn Beck led off his radio show on Tuesday morning with a stirring monologue about all the ways he believes the left and right can come together to “heal” America.  As part of that, Beck suggested that perhaps …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Hagan lead up to 5 with unpopular legislature in session  —  PPP's new North Carolina poll finds Kay Hagan with her largest lead for reelection since September.  She leads by 5 points with 39% to 34% for Thom Tillis and 11% for Libertarian Sean Haugh.  When Haugh's supporters …
Sam R. Hall / The Clarion-Ledger:
Democrat says he's leading black GOTV effort for Cochran  —  A Democratic political operative says he is working with Mississippi Conservatives PAC to drum up votes for U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran.  —  James “Scooby Doo” Warren said he has put together a get-out-the-vote (GOTV) plan and is “putting it in place across the whole state.”
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Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
Senators Question Obama's Authority For U.S. Military Strikes In Iraq
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Hot Air
Washington Post:
Why Paul Ryan took a pass on running for House majority leader
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
Facebook Releases Slingshot for Self-Destructing Selfies
Discussion: The Verge and The Week
Missouri Town Discovers People Don't Like Vacationing Around People Openly Carrying Firearms
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Limits of Partisan Realignment in the South
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Post
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
The great unraveling  —  In one of the PBS series that engages …
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Neil Irwin / New York Times:
A Small Increase in Inflation Squeezes U.S. Workers
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
D'Souza baffles Megyn Kelly
Discussion: The Huffington Post